World Food Programme

Security Associate G6, Erbil , Iraq

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Job Overview

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity, and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change. In 2022 WFP supported 711,635 people in Iraq. Through providing food for vulnerable people, skills to build futures, and enhanced social protection, WFP is helping the Government of Iraq build people’s food security and resilience. For more information, see and




Job holders report to the Head of Security or the designate. Job holders at this level demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen problems on a daily basis. Job holders manage resources and coach and coordinate a team of security support staff. These jobs may require reporting for duty on short notice.


To perform tasks related to the implementation and assessment of security measures and provide updates and recommendations to facilitate informed decision-making and secure WFP staff, facilities, and operations. In addition to accompanying field missions in the central region as applicable.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.Review security threats and risks in detail and compile accurate reports on trends and situations that could adversely impact WFP operations, in order to ensure information is accurately collated and sent to senior security staff to support reporting and decision making.

2.Review security related information (e.g., security incidents and events, security support to daily activities, etc.) and use corporate or local information management tools to produce a range of analyses and in-depth reports, to ensure that information is readily available for relevant stakeholders.

3.Liaise and co-ordinate with local administration, security and law enforcement authorities, communities, UN/NGO security staff and other actors, to facilitate access for safe programme delivery and to mitigate potential risks against staff and other resources.

4.Plan and co-ordinate staff activities during field missions and perform security assessments within the area of responsibility to support safe and effective programme delivery.

5.Analyse security assessment reports following field missions and present detailed recommendations for risk mitigation to support security situation analysis and facilitate decision-making.

6.Assist in advising the head of security-on-security risk management matters and safety issues in compliance with the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS).

7.Support the implementation of security risk management measures as outlined in the SRM exercise and SAM recommendation.

8.Support the maintenance and management of security equipment and make recommendations to strengthen technology capacity in line with business requirements.

9.Monitor and ensure that all access control procedures are effective and stringently followed by all staff and visitors, in order to maintain a safe and secure environment.

10.Maintain and develop recommendations for improving emergency and contingency planning documentation including physical preparations and procedures, to support preparedness for a crisis, as per the country security plan.

11.Supervise and provide on-the-job training to other staff supporting their development and high performance.


Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area is desirable.

Experience: Minimum 6 years of relevant experience.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English.


  • Specialised knowledge of the application of practical methods, techniques, procedures and systems used in security, typically gained through technical training and work experience.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of security logistics, security administration, risk assessment and co-ordination with local authorities and local law enforcement agencies.
  • Training and experience in fire and related intervention/evacuation procedures.
  • Ability to manage emergency situations and remain calm.
  • Attention to detail and constant vigilance in order to promptly detect any breach in security measures.
  • Ability to interpret information, use judgement and inform supervisors of any incidents which might impact the UNWFP staff and operations.
  • Excellent communication skills in order to maintain frequent correspondence with both, internal staff and external authorities with regards to security advisories and security incidents.
  • Willingness to attend security trainings and comply with UNSMS standards.


Knowledge on the UNSMS policies and procedures.

Supported research and collation of data which feeds into reports that inform security operations activities.


Strategic approach to security risk management: Demonstrates understanding of strategic approaches to security to identify potential threats. Contributes to the creation and implementation of WFPs mitigation measures.

Operational knowledge of security risk management: Demonstrates some understanding of day-to-day security operations. Contributes knowledge to development of resolutions to aspects of challenges faced, as directed.

Security resource management: Demonstrates ability to track and compile reports on HQ and Field staffing and financial resource usage on a project-level basis.

Analysis and solution development: Demonstrates understanding of key UN inter-governmental body partner agencies. Understands implications of security information and reports and supports in the identification of mitigating actions against threats and vulnerabilities to WFP’s operations.

Planning compliance and emergency management: Supports in planning and prioritisation practices in-line with established security policies and procedures.


Position Title: Security Associate

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Grade: G6

Duty Station: Erbil, Iraq

Salary: Starting at USD 2538.42 per month.

Medical Plan: Valid medical plan for the staff member, spouse, and dependent’s children under 18 years

Annual Leave: 30 working days per annum


Applications close on 11 September  2023


Qualified women and people with physical impairments are strongly encouraged to apply.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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